The death of Private Seán Rooney in Lebanon is the 88th death of a serving member of the Defense Forces.
wealthy military personnel have lost their lives in a number of missions abroad, including in Liberia, Congo, East Timor and the Middle East.
The Defense Forces have records of 87 previous deaths. In listing their names, ranks, where they served, as well as the date of their death, they say, “Their names are etched on the pages of history and, more importantly, on our hearts… We salute you today and always.” .
The killing of Pte Rooney is the first death in Lebanon since the death of four soldiers on Valentine’s Day in 2000.
Back then, Privates Declan Deere, Jonathan Murphy, John Lawlor and Brendan Fitzpatrick were killed on a road to Beirut when their van skidded on an oil slick and overturned. They were on their way to Beirut Airport to fly on vacation.
The comrades were attached to B Company and were on their first foreign business trip.
A total of 46 soldiers have died while on duty in Lebanon, 15 of them in the line of fire.
Three, meanwhile, died at the hands of one of their own comrades.
Corporal Gregory Morrow (19), Private Thomas Murphy (19) and Private Peter Burke (20) were shot dead by Michael McAleavey on 27 October 1982 at an Irish Army post in Tebnine, Lebanon.
McAleavey opened with automatic fire after an argument escalated over allowing members of the Israeli intelligence service to pass through the checkpoint.
He criticized the fact that Jews were being waved through UN checkpoints while Arabs were being stopped and searched.
The most recent death of a member of the Defense Forces on duty occurred in 2015 when Tipperary man John “Jack” Griffin was hit by a car while jogging outside the town of Thurles.
Lt. Col. Griffin, who was part of the EU military staff in Brussels at the time of his death, was 47 and a father of three.
On November 27, 2003, Sergeant Derec Mooney (33), a member of the elite Army Ranger wing, was less than two weeks on the United Nations Peacekeeping Service when he lost his life in Liberia after his Land Rover 110 went off a road had come off.
A native of Blackrock, Co Dublin, he had proposed to his longtime girlfriend just before leaving Ireland to serve his country.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/private-sean-rooneys-killing-is-the-88th-death-of-a-serving-defence-forces-member-42222106.html The murder of Private Seán Rooney marks the 88th death of a duty member of the Defense Forces